Forgetting and Re-Creating: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Forgetting and Re-Creating: A Dancing Rabbit Update

This past week of fireworks and waving flags has been an opportunity for me to reflect on what makes this country such a special place, regardless of the opinions and perspectives that often seem to divide more than unite. Cob here, with some thoughts about the value of forgetting and the opportunities inherent in finding one’s way anew. My past week at Dancing Rabbit has been one of much forgetfulness. I might blame it on my days simply being over-full or semi-joke that it's just a part of getting older that we all have to deal with, but if I'm…read more >
A Day Late and a Dollar Short: A Dancing Rabbit Update

A Day Late and a Dollar Short: A Dancing Rabbit Update

As the title of this particular Dancing Rabbit update might suggest, I sometimes struggle  with falling behind the curve of work and expectations. This has been such a week (month?) and consequently I'm finding I need to let go of some of the smaller things and reset my target threshold for what is good enough to call done, and move on to the next task. Cob here with an abbreviated retelling of the past week, as I am literally a day late in passing this along to our long-suffering and forbearing editorial staff. I'm letting go of putting these tidbits…read more >
April is for Fools: A Dancing Rabbit Update

April is for Fools: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Raised as a mainline Protestant in the Presbyterian tradition, I find Holy Week to be a deeply contemplative and yet joyous time. With a wealth of sacred music to accompany the progression from Tenebrae to Easter morning, from the encroaching darkness to the shining resurrection, it's an emotional roller coaster for me, ending with a deep gratitude for the return of spring and the reawakening of the earth. Cob here, feeling somewhat foolish writing this as yet another round of snow and cold seemingly contradict this notion of warmth, light, and renewal. Much like Easter falling on April Fools Day…read more >
Seeds, Spirits, and Open Space Technology: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Seeds, Spirits, and Open Space Technology: A Dancing Rabbit Update

  It is often said that the first step toward a solution or significant change is admitting that you have a problem. When hints of spring start interrupting February's winter cold, I realize that I have a problem. A gardening problem. Collating the results of hours spent with seed catalogs, I realize there is absolutely no way to fit everything into my garden. Clearly this is a problem. Cob here, setting aside my internal dilemma over which varieties of what delicious fresh fruit or vegetable to let go of, to instead bring you up to date on the happenings from…read more >
Family is Complicated…Or is it? A Dancing Rabbit Update

Family is Complicated…Or is it? A Dancing Rabbit Update

I've been reflecting on what makes a person "family". Certainly there are the legal connections by marriage and birth or adoption. There are folks who, like it or not, are family. But what about my mother's best childhood friend, whom I grew up calling my aunt? Or my friends who my young children knew as uncle? Or the playmates my kids were so tight with, that their parents felt like family too? Clearly there is some point at which that personal connection becomes deep enough, and comfortable enough, that people shift from friends to becoming like family...or perhaps even more…read more >
Celebrating 20 Years: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Celebrating 20 Years: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is growing up! The several-days-long on-farm Board of Directors meeting was ample proof of that. Our intrepid Board gathered to tackle high-level issues and review our collective progress to ensure we're on track with our overall mission "to create a society, the size of a small town or village, made up of individuals and communities of various sizes and social structures, which allows and encourages its members to live sustainably. And to encourage this sustainable society to grow to have the size and recognition necessary to have an influence on the global community by example, education, and…read more >
It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a… Drone? A Dancing Rabbit Update

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a… Drone? A Dancing Rabbit Update

I'm often surprised at how much we (the world in general, including those of us living at Dancing Rabbit) rely on technology, bucolic rural location notwithstanding. Given what we know about the impacts of resource extraction, and the negative effects this has on our environment and indigenous populations, how much longer can we continue to pretend "everything is fine" and feel good about our personal tech and the power it consumes? Cob here, bringing you the news of this past week at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. I do find myself sliding into grumpy-old-man territory more often as the work of my…read more >
Starting Fresh: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Starting Fresh: A Dancing Rabbit Update

As I sit reflecting on the past week, enjoying the polar vortex that has delivered an unseasonable chill (low 50s overnight is NOT normal for Missouri at this time of year), I can't help but feel recharged and ready for new beginnings. Cob here, with a spring in my step to match my internal sense of the season. There were many fresh starts this past week, not the least of which is the arrival of another visitor group, soon to be friends. I had the privilege of preparing food for their first breakfast together, and felt renewed by their tangible…read more >